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I think I just lost one of my USB hard drives. It comes about 2 weeks before I was going to buy a drive specifically intended to backup the data on it. :mad:


The drive contains about 80 to 100 GB of music and I'd really like to get it all back.


Anyone know of a way to possibly save some of the data?


I don't know what's wrong with the drive. Windows "sees" the drive but cannot read it in any way. In fact attempts at accessing the drive sometimes result in Windows Explorer crashing.

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You can do a search on the web for hard drive file recovery software as well. I can't remember the name of the one I used for a friend in the past, but I was able to get all of the data off the drive even though it was not bootable anymore. That was with an IDE interface, not sure how well it would work with a USB drive.


I've heard the CD bootable Linux OSes are good for this as well, like Knoppix.

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Hard drive failures...I'm all too familiar with them. With over 7 terabytes of storage on my media servers (I do video production work), it's a regular occurance.


The freezer trick has worked for me on numerous occasions (used it as a last resort) and it worked long enough for me to be able to copy the data off. Sometimes a few files got corrupted but I usually got the majority off.


I have also had luck with Runtime's "GetDataBack" http://www.runtime.org/ - this app has read some truly fucked up drives for me in the past, including ones that Windows "sees" in Disk Management but can't access any of the partitions.


I believe there is some sort of demo or trial version available too.


BTW I learned to mostly use Maxtor's as their replacement process is so easy, and they usually send you a better drive than the busted one.


Good luck

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Most of the stuff I'm finding won't work via USB...Looks like cracking the case and connecting to an IDE channel will be my only option. That's going to be a big mess because my PC is stuffed full of HDD's (2 serial ATA and 2 IDE drives). I need to spend an afternoon with this one.

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